There are, of course, a range of new shows to choose from – both in and out of London. Pigspurt’s Daughter (by Ken Campbell’s daughter Daisy) plays at Hampstead’s Downstairs venue, Honey will be performed at The Cockpit, Boxman and Where the Hell is Bernard? both run at the Blue Elephant Theatre.
Some of the reviewers of It’s Only Life still seem to talk of John Bucchino as an unknown American songwriter, which is a shame – let’s hope this production is the start of an awakening of awareness.
The US composer and lyricist John Bucchino is the man of the moment here, but it is tempting to consider director Tania Azevedo the real star, leading a superb company of cast and creatives to elevate what could be something quite slight, into a couple of hours of something really quite moving.
It’s Only Life represents both the diversity of Britain as well as the ways we’re all connected. With great vocals, memorably moving songs and a fantastic cast, there’s no reason not to love this show.
What happens if you throw together 23 songs, five musical theatre performers, a pianist, and tons of colour? The answer is It’s Only Life, a musical revue based on several ‘orphan songs’ (John Bucchino’s own description) interwoven to create a fun production about love and life.
It’s true what “they” say, you know, small is beautiful. This can definitely be said for the small but very beautiful It’s Only Life. This life-affirming musical makes you rediscover what’s important.